Declaring Rights

Author: Jack Rakove
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312177683
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Ideal for introducing students to the conception and development of the Bill of Rights, this concise volume examines the Federalists' and Anti-Federalists' struggle over amending the Constitution while highlighting the relevance their debates have for modern-day issues. Rakove's lively narrative begins with a study of American roots in English common law, examines the heated discourse and thoughtful deliberation of the founders, and culminates with a close look at the evolution of rights distinctly American. Interspersed throughout are 25 primary documents - including letters, declarations, newspaper editorials, and debates - that embody and contextualize the issues. Also included are extensive gloss notes, a chronology, questions for consideration, a bibliography, and an index.

Radical Reconstruction

Author: K. Stephen Prince
Publisher: Macmillan Higher Education
ISBN: 1319049494
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The Reconstruction period following the Civil War was a transformative moment in which political leaders addressed questions concerning the place of the southern states in the postwar nation, the status of formerly enslaved African Americans, and the powers and limitations of the federal government. In this volume K. Stephen Prince explores the important role of the Radical Republicans in pressing for change during this period in a way designed to make the complexities of Reconstruction comprehensible to students. The Introduction introduces the Radical Republicans and details how Reconstruction grew from a complex negotiation among groups with often conflicting agendas. The documents, arranged in thematic and roughly chronological chapters, allow students to sift through the evolution of Radical Reconstruction and its aftermath through speeches, letters, press coverage, legislation, and contemporary illustrations. Document headnotes, a chronology, questions to consider, and a bibliography enrich students’ understanding of Radical Reconstruction.

The French Revolution And Human Rights

Author: Lynn Hunt
Publisher: Macmillan Higher Education
ISBN: 1319049885
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This new edition of The French Revolution and Human Rights, A Brief History with Documents offers a new section covering limits on rights to complement its rich exploration of the issue of rights and citizenship in Revolutionary France. Lynn Hunt, a leading scholar of the French Revolution, presents original translations and commentary on the debates and legislation that helped define modern notions of human rights. Her revised introduction provides an overview of the French development of the concept of human rights and the consequences that resulted from putting those rights into practice. A new section on national security and the limits on rights gives readers a sense of the issues that led French revolutionaries to suppress rights in the name of the nation and its security. Helpful editorial features include document headnotes, a chronology, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, and an index.

A Brief Narrative Of The Case And Tryal Of John Peter Zenger Printer Of The New York Weekly Journal

Author: John Peter Zenger
Publisher: Lawbook Exchange Limited
ISBN: 9781584770510
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Finkelman, Paul, editor. A Brief Narrative of the Case and Tryal of John Peter Zenger Printer of the New York Weekly Journal. New York: Brandywine Press, [1997]. vii, 175 pp. Reprinted 2000 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. LCCN 99-049431. ISBN 1-58477-051-1. Cloth. $50. * The 1736 edition of the trial narrative is reproduced in this edition, along with Finkelman's scholarly introduction that explains the legal significance of Zenger's case. Zenger was tried for seditious libel and his 1735 acquittal is generally regarded as the first major victory for freedom of the press in the American colonies.

The California Gold Rush And The Coming Of The Civil War

Author: Leonard L. Richards
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307267377
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Award-winning historian Leonard L. Richards gives us an authoritative and revealing portrait of an overlooked harbinger of the terrible battle that was to come. When gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in 1848, Americans of all stripes saw the potential for both wealth and power. Among the more calculating were Southern slave owners. By making California a slave state, they could increase the value of their slaves—by 50 percent at least, and maybe much more. They could also gain additional influence in Congress and expand Southern economic clout, abetted by a new transcontinental railroad that would run through the South. Yet, despite their machinations, California entered the union as a free state. Disillusioned Southerners would agitate for even more slave territory, leading to the Kansas-Nebraska Act and, ultimately, to the Civil War itself.

Harriet Tubman And The Fight For Freedom

Author: Lois E. Horton
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
ISBN: 9780312464516
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Harriet Tubman is a legendary figure in the history of American slavery and the Underground Railroad. In the introduction to this compelling volume, Lois Horton reveals the woman behind the legend and addresses the ways in which Tubman's mythic status emerged in her own lifetime and beyond. Going beyond mere biography, Horton weaves through Tubman's story the larger history of slavery, the antislavery movement, the Underground Railroad, the increasing sectionalism of the pre-Civil War era, as well as the war and post-war Reconstruction. A rich collection of accompanying documents — including the Fugitive Slave Acts, letters, newspaper articles, advertisements and tributes to Tubman — shed light on Tubman's relationships with key abolitionist figures such as Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison; her role in the women's rights movement; and her efforts on behalf of fugitive slaves and freed blacks through the Civil War and beyond. A chronology of Tubman's life, along with questions for consideration and a selected bibliography, enhance this important volume.

Defending Slavery Proslavery Thought In The Old South

Author: Paul Finkelman
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
ISBN: 9780312133276
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Within decades of the American Revolution, the Northern states had either ended slavery or provided for its gradual abolition. Slavery, however, was entrenched in the South and remained integral to American politics and culture. Nationally, it was protected by the U.S. Constitution, federal laws, and Supreme Court decisions, and slaveowners dominated all three branches of the federal government. From the time of the Revolution until the Civil War (and beyond), Southern thinkers offered a variety of proslavery arguments. This body of thought—based on religion, politics and law, economics, history, philosophy, expediency, and science—offers invaluable insights into how slavery shaped American history and continues to affect American society. In this volume, Paul Finkelman presents a representative selection of proslavery thought and includes an introduction that explores the history of slavery and the debate over it. His headnotes supply a rich context for each reading. The volume also includes a chronology, a selected bibliography, and illustrations.

Untidy Origins

Author: Lori D. Ginzberg
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807876364
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On a summer day in 1846--two years before the Seneca Falls convention that launched the movement for woman's rights in the United States--six women in rural upstate New York sat down to write a petition to their state's constitutional convention, demanding "equal, and civil and political rights with men." Refusing to invoke the traditional language of deference, motherhood, or Christianity as they made their claim, the women even declined to defend their position, asserting that "a self evident truth is sufficiently plain without argument." Who were these women, Lori Ginzberg asks, and how might their story change the collective memory of the struggle for woman's rights? Very few clues remain about the petitioners, but Ginzberg pieces together information from census records, deeds, wills, and newspapers to explore why, at a time when the notion of women as full citizens was declared unthinkable and considered too dangerous to discuss, six ordinary women embraced it as common sense. By weaving their radical local action into the broader narrative of antebellum intellectual life and political identity, Ginzberg brings new light to the story of woman's rights and of some women's sense of themselves as full members of the nation.